If your usual choice of accommodation has become a little ho-hum, and you feel like a change in scenery this 2018, keep reading.
1. Naries Namakwa Retreat – Northern Cape
Springbok may be a tiny place but it’s big on unique accommodation at Naries Namakwa Retreat. This peaceful getaway features traditional Swazi thatched style huts providing sky high views from their mountainside location.
The design may be traditional but there’s no saving on luxuries, with en-suite bathrooms, towels, fans, an honesty bar, fans, and a hairdryer provided. Meals are served in the onsite restaurant.
2. !Xaus Lodge –Northern Cape
At !Xaus Lodge, it’s not the accommodation that’s unusual but the entire experience. The lodge is set in the heart of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and is run by the local San community in cooperation with SanParks.
The buildings all overlook a gleaming salt pan which attracts many species of wildlife to drink. You can make the most of your surroundings on game drives, guided walks and epic stargazing adventures.
The rooms are ultra-comfortable while remaining eco-friendly with gas heaters, fine linens and en-suite bathrooms. The best part of a stay at this lodge is that there is no contact with the outside world at all, barring a two-way radio for emergencies.
3. Daddy’s Trailer Parks
Old MacDaddy takes glamping to the next level with artist-decorated Airstream trailers offering quaint luxurious accommodation in the lush Elgin Valley. The experience is unique, taking the traditional caravan park experience and upgrading it several notches.
Meals are provided in an elegant ‘barn’, the pool is rimmed by exquisite decking and there’s even a beach with a tropical beach bar alongside the lake.
The fun continues in Cape Town where a sister caravan park is found atop the Grand Daddy Hotel. These luxurious trailers offer spectacular city views and even an outdoor rooftop cinema experience.
4. Corbelled House in Carnarvon, Northern Cape
At Stuurmansfontein you can spend the night in a Corbelled House in the style of the original Trekboers. These unique cylindrical-looking houses are full of nooks and crannies where the farmers used to stash their supplies and are linked to adjoining kitchens for your self-catering stay.
Relive the hard times of the first Karoo farmers in this original homestead which sleeps six and overlooks the fruitful landscapes of this beautiful environment.
5. Malori at Tswalu in the Kalahari
There is no better way to share in the grandeur of the Kalahari’s starlit skies, than when you stay in the star bed at Tswalu Nature Reserve.
The concept of Malori is simple enough, an undercover deck in the middle of the wilderness where guests can spend the night out in the open under African skies.
The luxury is unexpected. Fold away blinds provide protection from uncommon bursts of bad weather, the bed rolls out into the open for uninterrupted views of the heavens, all the while keeping your privacy. That is until dinner time, when your private chef will settle you down with sundowners and canapes while they prepare a candlelit dinner just or you.
6. Kagga Kamma Cave Suites
At Kagga Kamma Private Game Reserve you will find caves crafted from natural rock.
An en-suite bathroom, double bed, hairdryer, coffee/tea making facilities, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries complete the picture.
7. Ballots Tree House
Secluded atop a wooden stairway, this luxurious self-catering hideaway is a cabin in the woods of George on the Garden Route. With fynbos and indigenous trees for your neighbours, this simple getaway offers intimate privacy, stunning views and private beach access.
8. You’re Lord of the Manor at Castello di Monte
Spoil yourself on your next business trip to Pretoria with a few nights in this unusual accommodation in Waterkloof. Located on a ridge overlooking the city, this palatial Tuscan-style manor is positively castle-like in its dimensions.
Here you will find every convenience for the discerning traveller with en-suite bedrooms, exquisite period furnishings, remote controlled air-conditioning, underfloor heating and satellite television.
9. A Wild West Experience
Circle T Ranch near Cape Town gives you the chance to spend some time in a tipi. Awaken to the sounds of horses neighing for their feed before cooking breakfast over an open fire or on the gas burner. Return for lunch at the chuck house where you can dine on Buffalo wings and such or settle for a pizza.
Each Tipi has a double bed and self-catering utensils as well as a fire pit and burner. There is also barn and bunk house accommodation available.
10. Shipandani Hide – Kruger National Park
Make your bed amongst the Big Five near Mopani camp in the Kruger National Park. Here you can hire the Shipandani bird hide for the night. You’ll sleep on fold-down beds and there is a boma area outside where you can braai your dinner in the company of a curious genet who lives in the adjacent tree.
Sanparks provides all the crockery, cutlery and linen required and you get to keep watch over the river all night while staying in this unfenced rustic accommodation.
11. Rovos Rail
Travel back to the golden age of rail travel on board one of the ultra-luxurious coaches of Rovos Rail. All meals are provided and there is a bar carriage for sundowners as you whisk through the South African landscapes.
It’s the ultimate way to travel in style.
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